Late Saturday night, the New York Times published the first page of several of Donald Trump’s tax returns that were filed in 1995. While his opponents claim triumph in establishing that Trump hasn’t been paying much in the way of taxes for many years. While anyone to the Left of Trump is calling this a victory, it needs to be emphasized that this almost certainly isn’t the information that Trump has been so desperate to hide from his supporters.
The more that Donald Trump and his supporters have done to shine the spotlight on the Clinton Foundation, the more it’s becoming clear that it’s the foundation that bears his name that is tarnished.
Debate night is upon us. Hillary versus Donald. Clinton versus Trump. America versus Russia. However you’d like to slice or dice it. Below are my suggested rules for tonights discourse. If you have any suggested changes or additions, please comment below or send me a Tweet!
Yesterday, in a stunning about-face, Texas Senator Ted Cruz declared that he is in fact a “servile puppy” who will endorse a man who lobbed insults at his wife and father.
Donald Trump suggests that he would institute nationwide “stop and frisk policing” to crack down on crime, a tactic already ruled unconstitutional.
The gods smiled down at Donald Trump last weekend, bestowing him with the gift of two terrorist incidents to further incite his supporters.
“Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.”
That phrase was once shared with me by an accountant. Well, not once, it was something that he repeated over and over through the years. And nowhere is that more evident in the ramblings of his kids. Let’s look at Eric.
The Republican-led Congress has again put politics before country in voting to allow citizens to file lawsuit against Saudi Arabia in connection with the 9/11 attacks, forcing President Obama to veto the bill.
The country is already one of the most heavily-sanctioned in the world. And while it receives food aid, cutting that off would only cut the lifeline of people living under the current regime. The government already prioritizes its military over everything else, so food shortages would land squarely on the general population rather than the military, and certainly not the leadership.
We could follow in the other tradition, the one that says that with the worlds most powerful military as your hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
That approach is also untenable. Aside from the enormous loss of life that would be caused on both sides of the conflict at the northern end of the Korean Peninsula, the DPRK is known to have its artillery aimed squarely at Seoul and missiles that can reach Japan, and has given assurances that it would use them if attacked.
Any other options?
Its hard to imagine any other options. The leadership in North Korea is “pot committed” at this point – there is no way for them to gracefully cede power and disappear into the night, as, even if they received assurances of safety from other countries, there are literally millions of people who would not rest until they extracted each of their pounds of flesh from the leadership that has caused them such harm.
What other options are there? Smarter people than me have puzzled over the situation for far longer, and so far the best anyone has come up with is to leave them to themselves, but even that is not tenable. As a nuclear armed state, starved of resources, and with a penchant for selling whatever it has to to insure its survival, non-confrontation runs the risk of it transferring dangerous technology to other pariah states.
I am interested to hear what Donald Trump would propose. Actually, no, I’m not!
I’m a diehard fan of iOS, and rather fond of Mac OS X as well. That doesn’t stop me from investigating the alternatives on occasion. Thanks to Oracle’s VirtualBox, it’s a cinch to keep up to date with the basics for new Desktop OS’s, whether it’s a new version of Windows or an updated Linux distribution. Mobile OS’s, though, are a much bigger challenge to evaluate.